CD: Dave Gahan, Hourglass

Going straight works wonders for Depeche Mode frontman

Maybe if Depeche Mode's singer had always written songs, he wouldn't have had time to take all the drugs in the universe. Because this second solo album sees the cleaned-up 45-year-old finally become the synth-goth songwriting equal of Mode mainman Martin L Gore. 'Single Kingdom' - a majestic Gary Numan throwback - sets the tone, and even though Gahan's lyrics stick to well-worn sin and redemption themes, his voice has become a surprisingly varied instrument. This kind of electro-glam was acceptable in the Eighties, and Hourglass proves that it still is.


Garry Mulholland

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
CD: Dave Gahan, Hourglass


Caroline Sullivan

18, Oct, 2007 @11:13 PM

Article image
Pop review: Depeche Mode, Sounds of the Universe

They've sorted out their messy private lives, but at what cost, asks Gareth Grundy

Gareth Grundy

18, Apr, 2009 @11:01 PM

Article image
Soundtrack of my life: Brandon Flowers

As a teenager, the Killers' frontman dug the intensity of Depeche Mode - and found that the Basildon band made the perfect accompaniment to a round of golf. By Will Hodgkinson.

Will Hodgkinson

18, Feb, 2007 @12:19 AM

Article image
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers: Angels & Ghosts review – powerful and affecting
Gahan’s second outing with Soulsavers is as good as anything he has done in 25 years

Phil Mongredien

25, Oct, 2015 @8:00 AM

The first ten: 10, Depeche Mode, Playing the Angel

Graeme Thomson looks in vain for a spot of light relief.

Graeme Thomson

15, Oct, 2005 @11:41 PM

DVDs: The scene genie

Anton Corbijn reveals the secrets of two decades of making music videos for Joy Division and Depeche Mode. And not making one with Robert Plant.

21, Aug, 2005 @12:18 AM

CD: Son of Dave, 03

There are few artists who dress like a Forties private eye and play the harmonica. Which is a shame, thinks Charlie Gillett

Charlie Gillett

19, Apr, 2008 @11:00 PM

Article image
Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan has cancerous tumour removed
The singer is recovering from an operation to remove a malignancy from his bladder and will return to touring on 8 June

Rosie Swash

28, May, 2009 @3:10 PM

Article image
SixToes – Low Guns feat Dave Gahan: New music

Sextet SixToes gain a new member in the shape of Dave Gahan for this string-drenched, slow-building epic

Michael Cragg

03, Oct, 2013 @1:58 PM

Article image
Dave Gahan: 'People would throw bags of drugs on stage'
The Depeche Mode frontman on Jeremy Corbyn, spiritual advice, his work with Soulsavers, loving Lana Del Rey and the power of Judge Judy

Peter Robinson

08, Oct, 2015 @9:48 AM